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Number of police officers killed in line of duty spikes in 2011


The number of police officers who have died in the line of duty in 2011 has increased 14 percent nationwide from last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Hollywood shootout: Music executive dies of injuries

LA Times blog

A music executive who was critically injured by a gunman who opened fire Friday on passing motorists in Hollywood has died of the gunshot wounds he sustained, Los Angeles police said.

Hollywood gunman wanted to 'change the world,' ex-girlfriend says

LA Times blog

The ex-girlfriend of the man who opened fire on a street in Hollywood on Friday said he wanted to "change the world for the better."

Feds: Phoning, texting killed 3,092 in car crashes last year

USA Today

The government says that 3,092 people died last year in "distraction-affected" crashes, a newly refined measurement meant to tally the effect of texting, phoning or simply answering a call while driving.

Traffic death rate falls to record low

LA Times blog

Traffic deaths in 2010 fell to their lowest levels in more than 60 years, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

LAPD chief pays tribute to late 'Dragnet' star Harry Morgan

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck had a word of tribute for Harry Morgan, the actor who played half of the classic "Dragnet" TV detective team.

LAPD: Don’t leave valuable property in vehicles

Eagle Rock Patch

Auto detectives warn that many car burglars are drug addicts who take undue risks to commit crimes.

To avoid more layoffs, San Jose cops tentatively agree to extend 10 percent pay cuts

San Jose Mercury News

Trying to head off more layoffs of cops, San Jose's police union Wednesday tentatively agreed to continue 10 percent pay cuts for at least another year and a half.

Police union seeks grass-roots support

LA Daily News

In this age of perpetual campaigns, the Los Angeles Police Protective League is beginning to develop a grass-roots level of support for 2013 with a pilot program in three council districts.

California homicide rate drops 7.8 percent in 2010


A state government report said on Friday that California's homicide rate fell by 7.8 percent in 2010 to the lowest level since 1966, in-line with a U.S. drop in violent crimes that researchers have attributed in part to better police work.

California drivers now say cell phone use is worst road danger - topping drunk driving

Sacramento Bee

In what safety officials call a dramatic reversal, Californians now believe talking on a cell phone while driving is more dangerous than speeding, aggressive driving or drunk driving.

Occupy L.A.: Police Chief Charlie Beck is relieved, satisfied

LA Times blog

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck took in the scene of hundreds of his officers lining the City Hall lawn early Wednesday with a look of clear satisfaction and relief on his face.

Occupy L.A.: Mayor Villaraigosa praises police sweep

LA Times

As he toured the former Occupy L.A. campsite, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday morning praised Police Chief Charlie Beck and his officers for their professionalism and restraint in clearing the park around City Hall of protesters.

LAPD wins GSN’s 2011 award for “Most Notable Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism or Crime Prevention Program”

Government Security News Magazine

The Los Angeles Police Department’s cutting-edge Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau (CTSOB), led by Deputy Chief Michael Downing, was recognized at Government Security News’ November 14 awards dinner as the “Most Notable Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism or Crime Prevention Program,” a category that included five other finalists from federal, state and local government agencies.

L.A.'s triumph over crime

LA Times Editorial

As families gather across Los Angeles and beyond, many will celebrate the holiday weekend with a joy they owe in part to this city's historic triumph against crime.

'Find My Phone' iPhone app leads police to armed robbery suspect

LA Times blog

A parolee has been charged with robbery after LAPD officers investigating an armed holdup used the iPhone “Find My Phone” application to locate the suspect, who was still carrying the stolen device.

Inmates harass victims via Facebook

Associated Press

Lisa Gesik hesitates to log into her Facebook account nowadays because of unwanted "friend" requests, not from long-ago classmates but from the ex-husband now in prison for kidnapping her and her daughter.

Villaraigosa Comments on Car Seizures [Video]


The change in question is a draft proposal, according to a deputy mayor.

Prison plan sways prosecutors in filing charges

San Francisco Chronicle

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley's office handles about one-third of California's felony convictions, making this single county critical to the success of Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to reduce prison overcrowding by sentencing nonviolent felony offenders to county jails.

An enduring tribute for Officer No. 37029

LA Times

For a policeman lost in the line of duty there is blue steel, a badge number and a thousand goodbyes.

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